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NC Native Plant Society:
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Cirsium horridulum [= Carduus spinosissimus]

Common Yellow Thistle

Scientific Name:

Cirsium horridulum [= Carduus spinosissimus]

Genus:

Cirsium

Species Epithet:

horridulum var. horridulum

Common Name:

Common Yellow Thistle

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only), Biennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Red, Yellow, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Roadsides, woodlands, pine savannas. Rare in NC mountains, common in piedmont and coastal plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate, Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only), Biennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global Rank G5T5. Very prickly--best used in natural areas.

Carteret County

©Lynda Clay

Bloom Close Up

Carteret County

©Lynda Clay

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

https://nc.audubon.org/700

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/cirsium-horridulum-var-horridulum/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/cirsium/horridulum/



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